Friends ~ Fun ~ and Sometimes Reading


Hosting Schedule
& Book Picks

(as of 1/22/09)



Elizabeth LaMair – Thirteen Moons by Charles Frazier


Stephanie Sachnowitz – Hot, Flat and Crowded by Thomas Friedman

MARCH 2009

Valerie Ward – Dewey:  the Small Town Library Cat who Touched the World by Vicki Myron and contributor Bret Witter

APRIL 2009

Kristen Crosnoe

MAY 2009

Jean Mandel

JUNE 2009

JULY 2009









Stephanie Sachnowitz – Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen


Erica Wiggins – Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky

MARCH 2008

Valerie Ward – Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

APRIL 2008

Allyson Young – A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose by Eckhart Tolle

MAY 2008

Elizabeth LaMair – The Year of Living Biblically by A.J. Jacobs

JUNE 2008

Olivia Wakeman – Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin

JULY 2008

DeDe Church


Valerie Ward – Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas by James Patterson


Gretchen Bruce – [Post Meeting Movie Night - Ghost Town w/Greg Kinnear & Téa Leoni]


Olivia Wakeman – [Last-Minute Fill: Book/DVD/Book-On-Tape Exchange]


Angie Payne –

    The Dirt:  Confessions of the World's Most Notorious Rock Band

    by Tommy Lee, Vince Neil, Mick Mars and Nikki Six


    This Voice in My Heart:  A Runner's Memoir of Genocide, Faith and Forgiveness

    by Gilbert Tuhabonye


Jackie Price – I Capture The Castle by Dodie Smith



(our best guess)

I’m pretty sure we read these, just don’t know when…

¨       Under the Banner of Heaven  by Jon Krakauer

¨       A Girl Named Zippy by Haven Kimmel

¨       She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb

¨       The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon

¨       Under the Duvet by Marion Keyes

¨       Bel Canto by Anne Patchett


  1. ‘Tis, Frank McCourt (September 1999)
  2. Daughter of Fortune, Isabelle Allende (October 1999)
  3. Poisonwood Bible, Barbara Kingsolver (November 1999)
  4. Crazy in Alabama, Mark Childress (December 1999)
  5. Of Love and Other Demons, Gabriel Marquez Garcia (January 2000)
  6. One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest, Ken Kesey (February 2000)
  7. Here on Earth, Alice Hoffman (October 2000)
  8. The Blind Assassin, Margaret Atwood (November 2000)
  9. A Christmas Memory, One Christmas, & the Thanksgiving Visitor, Truman Capote (December 2000)


  1. My Year of Meats, Ruth Ozeki (January 2001)
  2. Chocolat, Joanne Harris (February 2001)
  3. Bio of Leonardo di Vinci, Sherwin Nuland (March 2001)
  4. The Painted House, John Grisham (April 2001)
  5. It’s Not About the Bike, Lance Armstrong and Bridgett Jones’ Diary, Helen Fielding (May 2001)
  6. The Red Tent, Anita Diamont (June 2001)
  7. ? (July 2001)
  8. ? (Aug 2001)
  9. Left Behind: A Novel of the Earth’s Last Days, Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins (September,2001)
  10. Man’s Search for Meaning, Viktor Frankl (October 2001) [Olivia]
  11. Cold Sassy Tree, Olive Ann Burns (November 2001) [Olivia]
  12. Holidays on Ice, David Sedaris (December 2001)


  1. Lives of Girls and Women, Alice Munro (January 2002)
  2. Girl with a Pearl Earring, Tracy Chevalier (February 2002) [Erica]
  3. The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger (March 2002)
  4. Bel Canto, Ann Patchett (April 2002) [Vicky ]
  5. The House of  Mirth by Edith Wharton (May 2002) [Brooke]
  6. The Nanny Diaries, Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus (August 2003)
  7. Standing in the Rainbow, Fannie Flagg (September 2002) [Olivia]
  8. Mrs. Dalloway, Virginia Woolf (October 2002) [Gretchen]
  9. Raising Fences, A Black Man’s Love Story, Michael Datcher (November 2002)
  10. Our Story, The Quecreek Miners (December 2002)


  1. Little Women, Louisa May Alcott (January 2003)
  2. The Scandalous Summer of Sissy LeBlanc, Loraine Despres (February 2003) [Stephanie Sachnowitz]
  3. Seabiscuit, Laura Hildibrand (March 2003)
  4. Rachel's Holiday, Marian Keyes (April 2003) [Allyson Young]
  5. The Virgin Blue, Tracy Chevalier (May 2003)
  6. An Equal Music, Vikram Seth (July 2003) [Vicky Price?]
  7. ? (August 2003)
  8. Beauty Before Comfort, Allison Glock (September 2003)
  9. The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown (October 2003)
  10. Life of Pi, Yann Martel (November 2003) [Vicky Price?]
  11. The Five People You Meet in Heaven, Mitch Albom (December 2003)


  1. Cry, The Beloved Country, Alan Paton (January 2004) [Stephanie Sachnowitz]
  2. Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress, Dai Sijie (February 2004) [Elizabeth LaMair]
  3. ? (March 2004) [Gretchen Bruce]
  4. ? (April 2004) [Allyson Young]
  5. ? (May 2004) [Erica Wiggins]
  6. ? (June 2004) [Faith Hanley]
  7. I am Madam X by Gioia Diliberto  (July 2004) [Val @ Olivia’s house]
  8. The Fourth Queen by Debbie Taylor (Aug 2004) [Olivia Wakeman]
  9. ? (Sep 2004) [Vicky Price]
  10. ? (Oct 2004) [Gina Budd]
  11. ? (Nov 2004) [Jackie Price]
  12. ? (Dec 2004) [Laura Montoya]


  1. (Jan 2005) [Gretchen Bruce]  (Was this when we read The Curious Incident of The Dog in Nighttime?)
  2. ? (Feb 2005) [Olivia Wakeman]
  3. ? (March 2005) [Stephanie Sachnowitz]
  4. Ten Percent Marriage  by Robert H. Wright, Jr. (April 2005?) [Nina Huff]
  5. Apology to Grouse Creek  by Robert H. Wright, Jr.  (April 2005) [Nina Huff]
  6. ? (May 2005) [Erica Wiggins]
  7. ? (June 2005) [Faith Hanley]
  8. ? (July 2005) [Allyson Young]
  9. ? (Aug 2005) [Laura Montoya]
  10. A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick (Sep 2005} [Faith Hanley @ Olivia’s]
  11. Undead and Unwed) by MaryJanice Davidson (October 2005) [Olivia Wakeman @ Faith’s]
  12. Blink by Malcolm Gladwell [Erica Wiggins] (Nov 2005)
  13. ? (Dec 2005) [Gretchen Bruce]


  1. Madame X (Jan 2006) [Valerie Ward] (see July 2004)
  2. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini (Feb 2006) [Elizabeth LaMair]
  3. Night by Elie Wiesel (March 2006) [Stephanie Sachnowitz]
  4. East of the Mountains by David Guterson (April 2006) [Nina Huff & Lisa Shelton]
  5. Drinking Coffee Elsewhere by ZZ Packer (May 2006) [Allyson Young]
  6. The Great Influenza: The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History by John M. Barry (June 2006)  [Olivia Wakeman]
  7. The Wives of Bath by Wendy Holden (July 2006) [Gina Budd]
  8. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy  (August 2006) [Laura Montoya]
  9. Gift From the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh (September 2006) [Erica Wiggins]
  10. The Same Stuff as Stars by Katherine Paterson (October 2006) [Faith Hanley]
  11. Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books by Azar Nafisi  (November 2006) [Valerie Ward]
  12. CHOICES: The Stupidest Angel: A Heartwarming Tale of Christmas Terror, Version 2.0 by Christopher Moore OR Glad Tidings: Here Comes Trouble\There's Something About Christmas by Debbie Macomber OR A Christmas Story: The Book That Inspired the Hilarious Classic Film by Jean Shepherd  OR Self-Made Man: One Woman's Journey into Manhood and Back by Norah Vincent (December 2006) [Olivia Wakeman]


  1. The Quiet Room: A Journey Out of the Torment of Madness by Lori Schiller, Amanda Bennett (January 2007) [Steph Sachnowitz]
  2. It's Okay to Miss The Bed on the First Jump and Other Life Lessons I learned From Dogs by John Hurley (February 2007) [Allyson Young]
  3. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See (March 2007) [Elizabeth LaMair]
  4. The Secret Rhonda Byrne(April 2007) [Gretchen Bruce]
  5. SKIPPED MONTH (May 2007)
  6. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini (June 2007) [Erica Wiggins]
  7. Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books by Azar Nafisi (July 2007) [Valerie Ward]
  8. The Know-It-All: One Man's Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World by A. J. Jacobs (August 2007) [Olivia Wakeman]
  9. NO BOOK (September 2007) [Jackie Price]
  10. BOOK EXCHANGE (October 2007) [Allyson Young]
  11. The Highest Tide by Jim Lynch  (November 2007) [Elizabeth Lamair]
  12. NO BOOK (December 2007) [Gina Budd]


 A Few Other Good Reads:

The Other Bolyn Girl by Phillipa Gregory

The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

Carter Beats the Devil by Glen David Gold






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